Editor’s note: The following is part one of a two-part series getting to know some of the protest leaders behind the Black Lives Matter demonstrations in DeKalb the past two weeks. The second installment will run in Tuesday’s Daily Chronicle.
Standing up for what’s rightName: Bryton RimmerAge: 25Hometown: Aurora, IllinoisResidence: DeKalb, IllinoisQuote: “Stand up for what’s right. I love you, even if you don’t love me. I’m willing to sit down and talk with anyone to share my views and listen to yours. Even if we disagree, hopefully we can come to an understanding and see a more positive future for this country.”
Bryton Rimmer was once told that as a black man, “you wouldn’t amount to anything other than a rapper or basketball player.”
“I’ve been told multiple times and on multiple occasions that as a black man in America, I was trash,” Rimmer said. “But I could be anything I set my mind to. I look up to black men like MLK, Malcolm X, Barack Obama, Will Smith and Jay-Z. Black women I look up to are Oprah, Rosa Parks and Coretta Scott King. I have a 2-year-old daughter, and I want her to know that she can be anything she wants to when she grows up. She can be like any of those amazing people.”
Source: The Daily Chronicle